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MEPs to continue investigation of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

MEPs will continue to assess the impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection at hearings on 25 June and 2 July with Facebook representatives.

The second and third hearings will focus on the consequences of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and possible solutions. The first hearing took place on 4 June and aimed to better map the case.

The hearings follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and EP President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and the Chair and Rapporteur of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Source: Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs continue the personal data breaches probe | News | European Parliament

FCC Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the FCC does not plan to investigate reports that Dish, Tivo and ComScore may have given Cambridge Analytica “the specific viewing habits of many subscribers in the United States.”

That is the company under scrutiny for getting access to Facebook user info in violation of the social media platform’s policies, though Facebook is getting just as much scrutiny.

Source: Pai Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC – Broadcasting & Cable

EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

European Union privacy watchdogs will look deeper into the harvesting of personal data from social networks for economic or political purposes following the scandal engulfing Facebook Inc. after data from nearly 87 million users was improperly accessed.

“A multi-billion dollar social media platform saying it is sorry simply is not enough,” Andrea Jelinek, chair of the group of EU data protection authorities, said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica story continues to expand as the number of those affected by the data sharing kerfuffle now reportedly numbers 87 million, up from the 50 million Facebook had originally announced.

Of those 87 million, approximately 2.7 million were European. Facebook has expressed a “willingness to engage” with EU regulators after it was also revealed that 2 billion profiles were scraped.

Source: Facebook faces mounting scrutiny

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has agreed to testify in Washington over how his social network handled people’s data, according to people familiar with the decision.

Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements were not public. Mr. Zuckerberg may make other appearances; he has also been asked to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy – The New York Times

Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search

Investigators from Britain’s data watchdog have spent nearly seven hours searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica.

Eighteen enforcement officers entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London’s West End on Friday night to search the premises after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was granted a warrant to examine its records.

Source: Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search | News | The Guardian

Article 29 Working Party investigating Facebook-Cambridge Analytica

Reaction and developments generated by last weekend’s revelations that Cambridge Analytica processed and did not delete Facebook user data continue apace around the world.

Article 29 Working Party Chairwoman Andrea Jelinek said Wednesday the collection of EU data protection authorities is investigating the recent revelations involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, with the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office taking the lead role, Euractiv reports.

Source: Article 29 Working Party investigating Facebook-Cambridge Analytica

UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

Britain is investigating whether Facebook did enough to protect data after a whistleblower said a London-based political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion.

Elizabeth Denham, the head of Britain’s Information Commission, is seeking a warrant to search the offices of consultancy Cambridge Analytica after a whistleblower revealed it had harvested the private information of millions of people to support Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Source: UK investigates Facebook over data breach, to raid Cambridge Analytica

FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

The news involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues to rapidly evolve since reports came out last weekend exposing the improper handling of user data gleaned from the social network for political purposes.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms in its 2011 consent decree with the agency. Under the agreement, Facebook said it would get user consent prior to making specific changes to user privacy settings. With the consent decree in place, the FTC has the authority to fine Facebook more than $40,000 a day per violation. Facebook has denied it violated the consent decree.

Source: FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

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